IDO helped Simply Divine Cupcakes and Indy Cycle Specialist (ICS) obtain façade grants from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), an organization that works with local leaders to invest in housing, health, education, public safety, and employment. The façade grants program helped Simply Divine Cupcakes put a fresh new look on its new bakery and brought funds to ICS for purchase and installation of a new door that allows customers and staff to more easily manage bikes coming and going at ICS. “It was rewarding to help a new business with their first bricks-and-mortar location (see previous profile) and to support a long-time regional destination business in Irvington,” said IDO Executive Director Margaret Banning.

IDO also helped Antique Mall of Irvington by Jack and Jill obtain a facade grant to repair and rehabilitate their building at 5501 East Washington Street. The 103-year-old building experienced a partial collapse in September 2016. IDO is working with Paul Diebold, Irvington Historical Society (IHS) in also applying for an Indiana Landmarks grant for the building.

LISC offers a 50% matching grant to eligible businesses that invest in exterior improvements.  Over the last eight years, IDO has helped bring over $180,000 to the community, leveraging an additional $425,000 in private investment, to assist local businesses and improve the visual appeal of our commercial district.

The city-wide grants are very competitive. IDO endorses the projects and helps business owners

complete the applications. When façade grants are approved, IDO facilitates business owners working with the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) for their permits (for those businesses that operate in the historic district) and serves as the fiscal agent for the funds.

The next round of grants are now available through September. You can find information and the grant  application at LISC Indianapolis.

If you’re an Irvington bricks-and-mortar business owner considering a facade upgrade, contact Margaret (317-260-0669 or about this program.

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